Lasagna Mulch for Orchard Soil (and Beneficial Insects): Help needed 10-26 and 10-30

Our UU Ministry for Earth Committee asks for adult help to complement the soil-building efforts of our IMPACT 7th and 8th graders. On Tuesday Oct. 26 from 3 PM to 5 PM and on Saturday Oct. 30 from 10 AM to 1 PM, we’ll be laying down a “lasagna mulch” (cardboard + compost + mulch) on the ground surrounding our new apple orchard. Over the winter and early spring, the cardboard will block out grass and decompose into carbon. We’ll be left with good soil for planting perennials, which attract beneficial insects like our friend, the aphid wasp (pictured). Our orchard will be both healthier and prettier. And our IMPACT students, present and future, will have the building blocks for a better understanding of the Interconnected Web of Life.

This is a chance for members of the congregation to connect both with the IMPACT kids and with our friendly neighbors. We hope you’ll join us. Bring shovels, garden rakes and gloves.